30% reach increase via low-complexity hybrid HD/SD FEC and nonlinearity-tolerant 4D modulation

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Current optical coherent transponders technology is driving data rates towards 1 Tb/s/{\lambda}and beyond. This trend requires both high-performance coded modulation schemes and efficient implementation of the forward-error-correction (FEC) decoder. A possible solution to this problem is combining advanced multidimensional modulation formats with low-complexity hybrid HD/SD FEC decoders. Following this rationale, in this paper we combine two recently introduced coded modulation techniques:the geometrically-shaped 4D-64 polarization ring-switched and the soft-aided bit-marking-scaled reliability decoder. This joint scheme enabled us to experimentally demonstrate the transmission of 11x218 Gbit/s channels over transatlantic distances at 5.2bit/4D-sym. Furthermore, a 30% reach increase is demonstrated over PM-8QAM and conventional HD-FEC decoding for product codes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1912.13436v1
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019


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This work has been submitted to IEEE Photonics Technology Letters

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